In partnership with The Octagon Theatre in Yeovil and inspired by the work of Roald Dahl, Strike a Chord! explores creative music making in the classroom, as well as offering hundreds of school children from across Yeovil the opportunity to hear quality live music in a fun and interactive way. Follow the journey of Yeovil’s school children as they create, compose and perform their own music, before attending a very special concert by the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Charles Hazlewood to hear Paul Patterson’s Little Red Riding Hood live at The Octagon.
In this 2016 festival, based in and around London’s Southbank Centre, the Philharmonia Orchestra’s Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor, Esa-Pekka Salonen, leads a journey of discovery across Stravinsky’s music, from the early Russian ballets to the late, great works of his American years.
Taking inspiration from ancient myths and rituals - from Russian folklore, via the stories of the Greeks, to primitive and religious ritual practices - Stravinsky remade these tales to speak forcefully of his own age.
All of the Philharmonia’s concerts will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.
Philharmonia players introduce their instruments, taking us through techniques and quirks as well as their personal relationship and the history of the instrument. The most in-depth set of Instrument Guides publicly available, these films are a valuable educational resource and a great next-step to the introductory videos from the iPad app The Orchestra produced by the Philharmonia.
As both a lauded composer and a world renowned conductor, Esa-Pekka Salonen has a restless innovation that marks him as one of the most important artists in classical music. The Boston Globe has said that he displays "a kind of complete musicianship rarely encountered today."
Salonen is currently the Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor for London's Philharmonia Orchestra and the Conductor Laureate for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, where he was Music Director from 1992 until 2009. His pieces Floof and LA Variations have become established modern classics, and new compositions continue to be performed around the globe.
This season the Philharmonia Orchestra celebrates 70 years of exceptional music-making. In honour of our 70th birthday, we commissioned a series of films bringing together Philharmonia musicians and staff past and present to discover what life was like during the orchestra's early history. In this playlist we're also including a selection of archive films that share more about the Orchestra's rich history. Explore our timeline here: http://www.philharmonia.co.uk/70
Philharmonia's live education work is a core part of the Orchestra's activity, and reflects its integrity, identity and quality. Distinctive, bespoke projects are devised in partnership with a variety of organisations, reaching tens of thousands of people each year. Creativity and inclusivity is central to the ethos of our work, which involves schools, community organisations, music education hubs, and adults, across the geographical areas in which the Orchestra is resident. Find out more: philharmonia.co.uk/explore/projects/education